We need dedicated, fully trained and appropriately equipped community Covid teams ready to attend multiple cases in nursing home etc. Many such patients will not be for admission, especially given that critical care beds will be rapidly saturated. We will therefore be dealing with a huge number of acute end-of-life care situations, in the most challenging of situations. Nobody is talking about this. It’s all about hospitals (as usual).
Breath. Holding. Not.
Solution: scrap the taper.
No, I wouldn’t want to come to work here either.
Well, Mr New Prime Minister - don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Dear Mark Howson - say that again. Your tax bill is £200,000????!!!!
Then there is also the huge number of unfilled GPOOH rota shifts, adding to the misery for those on duty.
...and it’s only the summer. Can a winter crisis still be a crisis when it’s entirely predictable?
Some keen journalist (hint, hint Pulse) should apply for FOI requests asking for the same info about closures/rota-gaps for all OOH providers. It’s clearly not just Glasgow.
A whole half day, huh? That should do it.
One of the best comments I have ever read on Pulse.
What Simon said.
We should all agree the limits of safe working and stick to them. Nobody could disagree with that approach.
Hilarious. And all true.
I've been working for the local out of hours service for 12 years. It's in a dire state currently. I often turn up to my night shift to start picking up the pieces from day shifts where the staffing levels were scary - one GP doing the job of three, sometimes no GPs at all for entire shifts. Absolutely shocking.
It's not been unusual to see patients who have waited over twelve hours for visits, including palliative patients and verifying deaths (even at home addresses).
It is a quiet crisis. As ever, the hospitals get all the press coverage.
Oh dear, Mr Hunt. Need some alternative facts, methinks.